What is a Resume?
A RESUME SHOWS WHO I AM, WHAT I HAVE DONE AND WHAT I CAN DO.
What do I put in my resume?
You might like to include:
Education and Training
Skills, Abilities and Interests
How can I make my resume work well for me?
Here are some tips for writing a good resume:
Keep your format simple and easy to read
Make sure your contact details are up-to-date
Tailor your resume to suit the job you’re applying for
Focus on the positives – your strengths, abilities and achievements
Include licence and transport if you have these
Proofread – check your spelling and grammar
What should I avoid?
Here are some things to avoid when writing your resume:
You might worry you fall short of the job criteria, but don’t let that stop you! Try turning a weakness into a strength.
Here’s some examples:
“I’m only young!”
I’m keen to work, willing to learn, and looking for an entry-level position.
“I just finished school and don’t have any experience”
I did woodwork at school and I know how to use power tools safely.
I did a work experience placement at school and really enjoyed it.
“I’ve never had a proper job”
I did babysitting for friends and family to earn pocket money while I was still at school.
“I don’t have any skills”
I’ve played a lot of sport and have great teamwork skills.
“I don’t have qualifications”
I’m really good with computers and I’d like to do a traineeship in IT.
“I didn’t do well at some of the theory-based subjects at school”
I’m a “hands on” learner who loves practical jobs.
“I don’t know what I have to offer”
I’m a reliable young person with a positive attitude and I’m available to start work immediately.